http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Uqly8ERIkHM

This was found in Bryan’s drafts… enjoy.  “My kids and I loved watching this video together, and you will too! Simply stunning the kinds of life our oceans hold…”

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During a search of Bryan’s unpublished blog posts, the following draft was found.  Bryan wrote this in the summer of 2011.  This is how he should be remembered:  a wonderful husband, a loving father, a humble servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a fun-loving dad, as evidenced by his words here…

I want us to be a camping family – big time.  But the first step to get little kids camping is to do it inside first.  We got the tent up in our playroom.  Now we need to actually spend the night out there.  We’ll roast marshmallows in the fireplace and sing nutty old songs.  The A/C and running water is nice.  Real nice.  And no blood suckers.

This photograph was selected for the post because it was taken around the time that Bryan originally wrote it.  Please continue to be in prayer for Christy, Hannah, Logan, and Noah, Bryan’s beloved wife and 3 beautiful children whom he loved very, very much…and find ways to help them now and in the future.

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Getting What You Don’t Ask For

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Inspiration

csa-soldier-2I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked God for health, that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy; I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life; I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am among men, most richly blessed.

- Unknown Civil War soldier

Great 5 minute video of Jerry Seinfeld showing his comedic genius.  Joke-telling really is an art form…and a whole lot of work to boot.  Especially when you have to write about nothing.

anxietyHere’s a summary of Tim Keller’s powerful sermon: Praying our Fears, based on Psalm 3:

There are 2 types of fear:
1. Fear: a healthy response to danger, which drives us to fight or flight, and then is gone.
2. Anxiety: a lingering, generalized, undefined sense of fear which paralyzes us.

 

If fear is a thunderstorm, anxiety is a constant, cold drizzle: the first produces green growth, the second mildew. Fear can be good for us – it gets us out of danger! – but anxiety makes us agitated, nervous and upset. Constant anxiety can permanently turn on our autonomic nervous system, which is only meant to respond to crises, and so lead to all kinds of health issues.

 
What causes this second, debilitating kind of fear is not a threat to life or safety, but a threat to our identity: when something that makes us feel in control is threatened or taken away. In Psalm 3 David faces both kinds of fear: the physical threat from Absalom’s armies, and the threat to his identity as the beloved, honored, upright king of his people.

But how do we escape from this second, debilitating kind of fear? 4 ways:

1. Follow your thread.
David describes God as a “shield around me” (Ps 3:1): a full-body shield which curves around the body, meant not for hand-to-hand combat but for following your commander into situations of extreme danger. If you turn and run, the shield won’t protect you. It’s only useful when you’re heading into danger. Obedience takes us not away from fear, but through and beyond our fear.

2. Relocate your glory.
David says, literally, “but you are my glory” (Ps 3:3). He says “but…” because something else has become his glory: he has built his emotional and psychological identity on something other than God. When we put our worth and security in something finite, out there in time and space, we are always vulnerable. So we need to relocate our glory: not in our talents or our role, or others’ opinion of us, but in God’s approval.

3. See the substitute.
But how do we know we have God’s approval? David says that God hears him because of his “holy hill”, the temple (Ps 3:4), the symbol of our Savior Jesus. Our significance doesn’t come from what we have achieved or what we have, but from Jesus, the one who was cut off from God so we don’t have to be.

4. Remember the people.
The opposite of fear is not an absence of fear, but love (1 Jn 4:18 cf Ps 3:8). Fear is self-centered, love is other-centered. You can’t deal with fear by yourself: you have to get your mind off yourself by serving others in love.

So here’s the solution to fear:

  • Go forward in obedience, whatever the cost
  • Seek identity in God alone
  • Look to the cross, where your significance comes from
  • Forget yourself in love for others

Amen!

This blog based on: http://jeaninallhonesty.blogspot.com/2010/06/tim-keller-praying-your-fears.html

Pitchers and catchers report in just a few days!  To get us in the spirit, here are Jimmy Fallon, Billy Crystal, and Jerry Seinfeld revisiting Abbott & Costello’s classic “Who’s On First?” routine, where we finally get to meet the team’s first-baseman “Who,” second-baseman “What,” and third-baseman “I Don’t Know.”  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

skinnerTom Skinner, an African American minister from inner-city New York, in a 1970 sermon concluded by comparing Jesus to Barabbas.  Barabbas was also a revolutionary. He said “The Roman system stinks, it’s militaristic, it’s oppressive.” And Jesus would have agreed. The difference between Jesus and Barabbas was in their solution. Barabbas wanted change within the system. Jesus wanted to change the system entirely.

So why release Barabbas instead of Jesus?

“Very simple: if you let Barabbas go, you can always stop him. The most Barabbas will do is go out, round up another bunch of guerrillas and start another riot. And you will always stop him by rolling your tanks into his neighborhood, bringing out the National Guard and putting his riot down. Find out where he is keeping his ammunition. Raid his apartment without a search warrant and shoot him while he is still asleep. You can stop Barabbas.

But how do you stop Jesus? They took and nailed him to a cross. But they did not realize that, in nailing Jesus to the cross, they were putting up on that cross the sinful nature of all humanity. As Christ was nailed to the cross, it was more than just a political radical dying; He was God’s answer to the human dilemma. On that cross Christ was bearing in His own body my sin, and He was proclaiming my liberation on that cross. And on that cross He shed his blood to cleanse me of all my sin, to set me free. They took and buried Him, rolled a stone over His grave, wiped their hands and said, ‘That is one radical who will never disturb us again. We have gotten rid of him. We will never hear any more of his words of revolution.’

Three days later Jesus Christ pulled off one of the greatest political coups of all time: He got up out of the grave. When He arose from the dead, the Bible now calls him the Second Man, the New Man, the Leader of a new creation. A Christ who has come to overthrow the existing order and to establish a new order that is not built on man.

Keep in mind, my friend, with all your militancy and radicalism, that all the systems of men are doomed to destruction. All the systems of men will crumble and, finally, only God’s kingdom and His righteousness will prevail. You will never be radical until you become part of that new order and then go into a world that’s enslaved, a world that’s filled with hunger and poverty and racism and all those things of the work of the devil.

Proclaim liberation to the captives, preach sight to the blind, set at liberty them that are bruised, go into the world and tell men who are bound mentally, spiritually and physically, “The liberator has come!”

Amen.